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the (houses) an’ go by what particular boards we need- ed. In other words, to build a house, you need two by eights or two by tens mostly for the foundation.Then, you need two by fours. Most all two by fours (are) about eight foot in length an’ the two by tens would be whatever length that you {was} needin’ to build a building out of up to ten, twelve, and sixteen foot. There’s a Pontiac motor that we had on it when I got it. (I) had also cut for other people. They’d bring the logs an’ I would (cut them.) They would (tell) me what they wanted sawed, an’ I would cut what they need. I couldn’t saw anything any longer than 16 foot. Most all the stuff was eights, tens, and twelves. We cut all the inch boards to go on the outside. (We) would also cut white pines and make kinlin out of ‘em which you can see on the walls of this house here. I cut it and then car- ried it to a painter mill and had it dry kilned and sized. There’s a lot of hard work in it. It’s very dangerous cuttin’ the tree down because when I was growing up my dad taught us how to cut a tree. You look at it (the) way it’s leanin’, and cut it (using) notches. Everything (needed) to be safe. Most (of) the time we cut it all the in the woods. We cut to what the order be a needin’ for it. Then, we had a horse to drag it out with and a little ton truck to haul it to the mill. We stayed in that one particular area. cherry down, and I’d cut it. They’d make furniture out of it. When I say big, I never (turned) anybody down for work or whatever. I made sure everything got done well. My brothers helped me. All of us had experience using the backhoe in the woods and the saw mills. Things that you weigh, it takes a little bit of antique stuff, I guess you’d say, to figure out how much you’re going to get out of a log. When you load it up on the carriage, it had a scale on it just like a rule, an’ you’d read that scale. The scale worked off of a ratchet thing. When you pulled it, you got to change the dial on it. Then, you can put it up and make a inch board out of it or two inch board or what ever thickness you wanted it. Then, you square your log up an’ cut the board. It’s really hard to explain how it is done. (I did that.) ‘Til (I) got to where I wadn’t able to run. I’d had a heart attack and had to quit work. ’Course that’s been ‘bout up to ten or twelve years ago. People knew I worked at the sawmill, because (of) word of mouth. There wasn’t (a) bigger sawmill in Rabun County, so I did a lot of work for other people an’ I never turned (them) down. We’d cut like they’s going to school. They (would) bring walnut an’ wild 23 About the Author: Paul Picciotti Hi! My name is Paul Picciotti. I’m 12 years old. When I’m older, I will probably want to be young again, but people always say that. I’m going to live my life on the edge, until there is no more edge- not thinking about tomorrow or yesterday, but today. When I’m older, I would like to golf and keep my friends.